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No to Bt-Brinjal, reads a banner at a protest in New Delhi. Photo: Joe Athialy via Flickr.com.

Bangladesh - farmers say no to GM vegetables

Mae-Wan Ho

3rd January 2014

Plans to introduce a controversial GM variety of brinjal (aubergine / eggplant) in Bangladesh are opposed by 100 civil society organisations around the world. As Mae Wan Ho reports, the issue is arousing powerful passions ... more...
Warburtons 'Toastie'. Graphic by Hwa Young Jung via Flickr.com.

Harmful weedkiller in your bread and cereal bars

Andrew Wasley

31st December, 2013

Jordans cereal bars and Warburtons bread have been found to contain traces of glyphosate - a controversial herbicide that campaigners say poses a risk to human health. Andrew Wasley reports ... more...
Water apple growing in smallholder garden, Kerala, India. Photo: Magda Wojtyra via Flickr.com.

Changing the global food narrative

Jonathan Foley

1st January 2014

The dominant story about the future of the world food supply is logical, well known and widely disseminated, writes Jonathan Foley. It is also completely wrong. more...
Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines screenshot. Photo: Insomnia Cured Here via Flickr.com.

Terminator technology - what's the fuss about?

Mark Lynas and Lúcia de Souza

27th November 2013

Campaigners against GM foods have long reviled 'terminator technology' - GM plants whose seeds are engineered never to grow. But are fears of the so-called 'suicide seeds' misplaced? more...
The Banaue rice terraces in the Philippines have been declared free of all genetically modified orgaisms (GMOs). Photo: Agricmarketing at en.wikipedia.org.

Golden Rice ignores the risks, the people and the real solutions

Daniel Ocampo

28th December 2013

'Golden Rice' is being promoted by GM advocates as a solution to malnutrition. But Daniel Ocampo says it is for the 'target populations' in the Philippines and elsewhere to decide whether to accept the technology - and they don't want it! more...
Dancing on Paterson's political grave: Badgers' Revenge. Via worldduh.com.

Failure upon failure - the collapse of the badger culls

Lesley Docksey

18th December 2013

England's 2013 badger culls collapsed in chaos - a severe blow to Owen Paterson and his Department, Defra. Now Lesley Docksey lifts the lid on the disgraceful fiasco to expose Paterson's fantasy world of 'science' ...
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Food to share! Photo: Incredible Edible.

Incredible Edible Todmorden

Julian Dobson

1st January 2014

Todmorden in Yorkshire's Calder Valley has been transformed by free food growing on its streets, parks and even its rooftops. Julian Dobson tells the inspiring story of Incredible Edible and how the transformational project is going global .... more...
Doña Pascuala’s houses and yard, Lancaya. Photo: Sian Cowman.

Bolivia: harshening climate meets traditional knowledge

Sian Cowman

30th December 2013

High altitude regions near the equator are highly vulnerable to climate change - as are marginalised communities. Sian Cowman reports on how resilience strategies - old and new - are helping one Andean community to survive a changing climate. more...
Spraying pesticides - somewhere near you? Photo: Meg Wallace Photography / Shutterstock.

Pesticides - the Government must protect us!

Georgina Downs

17th December 2013

Campaigner Georgina Downs has scored a significant victory in her 12 year battle against the UK Government. But DEFRA Ministers have still failed to secure protection from pesticides for people in the countryside. more...
Still from Seeds of Sovereignty.

Seeds of Sovereignty

Sharon Garfinkel

13th December 2013

The Gaia Foundation just launched its latest film - Seeds of Sovereignty. Sharon Garfinkel attended the launch - and urges all those interested food and farming, in Africa and elsewhere, to watch it. more...
Charles Windsor observes the consequences of eating GM foodstuffs. Photo: princeofwales.gov.uk

We must put a price on Nature

Charles Windsor

12th December 2013

If the world is to feed a growing population against a backdrop of climate change and biodiversity loss, argues Charles Windsor, we must put a cost on the damage we are causing to soils, water, climate and ecosystems. more...
European badger in its native habitat. Photo: Volodymyr Burdiak / Shutterstock.com.

The Badger cull - a letter to my MP

Lesley Docksey

9th December 2013

MPs will debate the badger cull this Wednesday 11 December from 2.30 to 4.30 pm. Lesley Docksey urges her MP to attend and explains why the cull is both barbaric, and a completely ineffective measure against bovine TB. more...

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Badger protest in London. Photo: davidjmclare2 / Flikr.

Badger fiasco shows England needs new wildlife governance

Dominic Dyer

3rd December 2013

It's high time for an independent Wildlife Protection Agency, argues Dominic Dyer. The botched badger cull shows we can no longer trust DEFRA, Natural England or the JNCC to carry out their duty to protect our wildlife. more...
Bee on flower. Photo: dslaven / Shutterstock.com.

Neonicotinoid ban won't fix all bees' problems

Dave Goulson

30th November 2013

A temporary ban on neonicotinoid insecticides comes into effect across the EU this weekend. Dave Goulson argues that far deeper, structural changes are needed to create a countryside fit for bees and other wildlife. more...

Gloucestershire badger cull called off

The Ecologist

29th November 2013

Wildlife groups are celebrating following the announcement that the Gloucestershire badger cull is being abandoned early, after it failed to meet any of its targets. more...
Patrick Holden / Sustainable Food Trust.

True-cost accounting in food and farming

Patrick Holden

29th November 2013

Unsustainable farming systems that damage the environment and public health thrive at the expense of sustainable producers. Patrick Holden makes the case for "true cost accounting" ... more...

China accused of stealth land grab over Mozambique's great rice project

Cecilia Anesi and Andrea Fama in co-publication with China Files

30th November 2013

China led the reclamation of the largest abandoned rice farm in Mozambique, with the blessing of the authorities. But now the company involved is accused of land grabbing and displacing thousands. Cecilia Anesi and Andrea Fama report
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deformed pig

Deformities, sickness & livestock deaths: the real cost of glyphosate & GM animal feed?

Andrew Wasley

28th November 2013

Much of our meat and dairy produce is made from animals raised on GM feeds. Alarming new claims suggest that the GM diet is affecting animal health - prompting fears over human safety. Andrew Wasley reports ... more...
Pruning vines at Sedlescombe

Biodynamic British bubbly

Hazel Sillver

12th December 2013

The UK's first biodynamic sparkling white wine is available in time for Christmas. Hazel Sillver visited its creator, Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard in East Sussex, to find out more. more...
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall at the Pig Idea Feast.

Let them eat waste!

Edd Colbert / The Ecologist

22nd November 2013

Last night Edd Colbert hosted a massive knees-up in Trafalgar Square, to ceremonially devour eight pigs raised entirely on edible food waste - a delicious launch to a very original campaign. He spoke to The Ecologist about his ideas ... more...
Owen Paterson speaking at food business innovation summit. Photo: UKTI / Flikr.com.

Genetically modified politicians

Lesley Docksey

24th November 2013

The UK Government policy on genetically modified (GM) crops is "precautionary, evidence-based and sensitive to public concerns". Lesley Docksey asks: who are they kidding? more...
Vandana Shiva touring Navdanya Farm. Photo: Edward W. Lollis.

Seeds of death

Vandana Shiva

19th November 2013

Vandana Shiva exposes the link between the use of genetically modified cotton seeds and the tragic suicide of 284,694 farmers in India over 17 years.
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The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó

Colombia: a community resists land-grabbing and conflict

Gwen Burnyeat

11th November 2013

Gwen Burnyeat tells of her encounter with a unique peace community in Colombia, who are promoting systems of local sustainability and guardianship that protect both people and the environment. more...

Coke joins Oxfam's fight against land grabs

Oliver Tickell

8th November 2013

Coca-Cola has announced a "zero tolerance for land grabs" policy aimed at protecting communities from having their land stolen by big landlords and agro-industrial enterprises. more...
plant and soil

Peak soil: act now or the very ground beneath us will die

8th November, 2013

Helen Browning

The health of our soils is more important now than ever, says the Soil Association’s Helen Browning - especially with the challenges that climate change will bring ... more...

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